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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 07-21-08, 08:27 PM   #1
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getting used to riding fixed

so I just finished converting my old schwinn world sport to a fixed gear. I took it out for a ride around the neighborhood and within a few minutes I flipped over the handlebars as I tried to coast without even thinking about it. Luckily just a few spots of road rash, but I was wondering how long did it take everyone to break the nasty habit of wanting to coast. I just don't want to get out on a busy street and have this happen again. As my bike being my only way around town at the moment I hope I get used to it quickly. Looking forward to getting out there again tomorrow...
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Old 07-21-08, 08:31 PM   #2
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so I just finished converting my old schwinn world sport to a fixed gear. I took it out for a ride around the neighborhood and within a few minutes I flipped over the handlebars as I tried to coast without even thinking about it. Luckily just a few spots of road rash, but I was wondering how long did it take everyone to break the nasty habit of wanting to coast. I just don't want to get out on a busy street and have this happen again. As my bike being my only way around town at the moment I hope I get used to it quickly. Looking forward to getting out there again tomorrow...
it took me about 5 minutes. As soon as I got on mine for the first time I almost fell off it the same way you did, so i learned my lesson real good after that. Now I have almost eliminated the nasty habit of coasting when i ride my geared bike, and usually only coast during long downhills on it.
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Old 07-21-08, 08:33 PM   #3
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5 minutes. Be mindful until you get used to it. It's a blast once you are there.
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Old 07-21-08, 08:33 PM   #4
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The next day you should be fine. I also let go of my legs my first time, thank god for straps so i held it. I learned my lesson there and haven't had a problem since. Now as Gordo said i rarely coast on my geared bike, except downhills.
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Old 07-21-08, 08:37 PM   #5
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Take it slow. Fixed bikes will bite you the first chance they get. After 20 miles or so, you'll be pretty in-tune with everything...and you'll never look back at multi-gear bikes.
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Old 07-21-08, 08:38 PM   #6
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I have not ridden fixed for long as I jumped on the band wagon about a year ago. My suggestion is to start slow so you can get used to the constant pedaling. The logic being if you cruise around slow enough you will never get to the speed which prompts you to instinctively coast. Also, ride the brake downhill until you get used to the constant motion since replacement brake pads are less expensive than emergency room bills no matter how good your insurance is.
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Old 07-21-08, 08:42 PM   #7
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I got bucked off the first fixed gear I rode also. It was a shop demo geared 42/17 and I was spinning like mad down a hill not a block from the store. I tried to level my pedals and coast out of habit, and up in the air I went. That was the last time I used flat pedals also.

I still had that reflex of trying to coast for a couple of rides, but it just made skip stops happen without even having to learn.
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Old 07-21-08, 08:48 PM   #8
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i have been riding for about a month now. so far so good.
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Old 07-21-08, 08:51 PM   #9
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Learning to skid can get you chucked, too...esp if you have high gearing and don't unweight the back enough. Be careful!
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Old 07-21-08, 09:04 PM   #10
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it took me a minute or two.
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took me about 10 minutes, be sure to be not so cocky for the fixed gear gods will smack you in the face should you not show respect.

learn to skid in a parking lot first before the streets. ride with a brake i suggest at first.
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Old 07-21-08, 09:12 PM   #12
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i actually have a lot of trouble riding my brother's geared bike lol.
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Old 07-21-08, 09:22 PM   #13
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thanks for the tips guys. I am running a front brake, and yeah I'm gonna practice skidding around the neighborhood for an hour or so tomorrow before I get out on the streets.
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I've never rode a FG, does the back wheel stop moving if you don't pedal? Hence the flipping over the handle bars?
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Old 07-21-08, 09:32 PM   #15
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nope you will most likely keep moving be unable to stop and hit something. backpeddling will stop the bike.
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Old 07-21-08, 09:41 PM   #16
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pedal forward, wheel goes forward. pedal back, wheel goes back. stop pedaling, skid.
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Old 07-21-08, 09:49 PM   #17
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I've had my bike for about a week and I've gotten pretty used to it, except for looking back in traffic while pedaling.
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I went over my handlebar for the first time on Saturday. I was cut off by a cab, tapped the brake, tried to step out of my cages, failed, and ate asphalt (intersection of Houston/Lafayette, which isn't even paved smooth!). I've never had problems skipping, skidding though. Even when I first started riding, it was fairly comfortable/natural.
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^^ Thats a pretty busy intersection, i don't dare go near there.
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about a week of riding every day got me into the groove. soon freewheels will feel alien
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I went over my handlebar for the first time on Saturday. I was cut off by a cab, tapped the brake, tried to step out of my cages, failed, and ate asphalt (intersection of Houston/Lafayette, which isn't even paved smooth!). I've never had problems skipping, skidding though. Even when I first started riding, it was fairly comfortable/natural.
lol. same here. i was riding my janky ass roadie with cages. couldnt get my foot out so i now have 3 nice battle scars. i gotta get a pair of eggbeaters for the roadie, as i have a pair on my fixed gear bike already
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houston aka the "boulevard of death !" street is the most dangerous street in nyc to bike on. i try not to bike there but cant help it sometimes. i went down on lafayette and houston on lafeyette tho, during the rain rear wheel caught an oil slick and slid 360 with a fine young lady watching me , it was almost like slow mo, i watched her all the way as i slid it was beautiful and then impact. she asked me if i was ok, and she was like oil slick rite there, i was like im fine, got up shy and shiz and bounced, while she smiled at me. shouldve posted that on craiglist missed connections. damn.

check out the ghost bike map, 4 recorded fatalities on houston
http://www.ghostbikes.org/ghostbikemap/New+York+City


plus times-up article on the dangerousness of houston
http://times-up.org/index.php?mact=N...01returnid=114

"Despite the fact that Houston Street has been a proposed/designated bike route since 1997, nothing has been done to prevent ongoing injuries and deaths to cyclists. In 2005-2006 3 cyclists were killed on this street, and from 2002 to 2004 82 cyclists were struck. At a press conference in August, 2006, CB 2 Transportation Committee members, community groups and elected officials took a step in the right direction demanding safe bike lanes be worked into the DOT plan for Houston Street. That was a great start.

Unfortunately, measures to protect cyclists on Houston have now been suddenly deemed unfeasible. Abandoning the call for protection on this ‘boulevard of death,’ the new DOT plan calls for ‘alternative routes’ on narrow unprotected bike lanes, mainly on Bleecker and Prince Streets that zigzag through narrow, congested streets and do not provide continuous transit. As much as this may be the goal, the new plan does little to advance safety."

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[QUOTE=solbrothers;7107451.... stop pedaling, skid.[/QUOTE]

If you can stop pedaling....
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Brakes are my buddies. I am an extremely lame skidder.
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i agree, Houston is very bad. I live right off of it, and try to minimize time spent on it.
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